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clerk their names, their preferred manner of address (e.g.
“Mr./Ms./Mx./Counsel Jones”) and the party they represent;
• Parties rise when the Court is called to order and the judges enter
the courtroom. Parties bow when the judges bow and then resume
• After a case is called, the appellant(s) or their counsel stand and
make introductions, indicating for whom they act, and then
• If the appellant is represented by more than one counsel,
senior/lead counsel introduces themselves and then introduces
other counsel, who stand while being introduced; senior/lead
counsel resume sitting after introductions have been completed;
• If there are separately represented appellants, then the introductions
of counsel for each appellant should, in turn, follow, in accordance
with the practice set out above;
• The introductions of the respondent(s) or their counsel follow
those of the appellant(s), in accordance with the above practice;
• The introductions of the intervenor(s) or their counsel follow
those of the respondent(s), in accordance with the above practice;
• After introductions have been completed, the presiding judge will
indicate how the Court wishes to proceed; when called upon, parties
should move to the podium to address the Court;
• Only one person should be standing and addressing the Court at
any given time.
On motions or applications before the Court or on chambers matters, the
foregoing should be read with “applicant” replacing “appellant”, and
“respondent” being the respondent on the motion or application.
Justices of the Court of Appeal are to be referred to as “Chief Justice”, “Justice”,
“Madam Justice”, “Mr. Justice” or, collectively, as “Justices”, according
to the context. Counsel and parties are asked to refrain from addressing justices
as “my lady”, “my lord”, “your ladyship” or “your lordship”. In a Registrar’s
hearing, the Registrar is to be addressed as “your honour”.
Chief Justice R.J. Bauman
for the Court of Appeal of British Columbia
History: Replaces the Civil and Criminal Practice Note titled Appearing
before the Court dated 11 October 2019.